Sony is very much having its cake and eating it too when it comes to the Spider-Man mythology. In addition to teaming up with Marvel Studios on incorporating the Web-Slinger, his supporting cast and select members of his rogues gallery into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in recent years, Sony has also been working on a standalone Spider-Man-centric franchise, with Venom being the first entry of this creative endeavor. Over the last year, we've learned about other Spider-Man spinoffs that are being considered, and today brings word that the latest project in the works is centered around Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk.
According to Deadline, Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in early development on a Silk spinoff movie, but specific details are being kept under wraps. Created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, Cindy Moon was bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker. As a result, she gained similar arachnid-themed abilities as Peter, and while she's not as strong as Spider-Man, she is faster and her spider-sense (dubbed the "Silk Sense") is more powerful. Unlike Peter, who primarily relies on web-shooters, Silk can also shoot webbing out of her fingertips. This spinoff won't be the first time Cindy has been depicted on the big screen, as she was played by Tiffany Espensen in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War.
It could be a while until we learn if this Silk movie is officially moving forward or not, but if it's adapting Cindy Moon's comic book past, then it wouldn't be connected in any way to the Cindy we've already seen in the MCU. In the main Marvel comics universe, Cindy was trained in using her special abilities by Ezekiel, a mysterious businessman who had ritualistically gained powers similar to Spider-Man's and would later later cross paths with the Wall-Crawler. However, Ezekiel eventually locked Cindy in his underground facility to keep her safe from Morlun and the Inheritors (that's a whole other story), and because Ezekiel later sacrificed himself, she had been spent years alone. Peter Parker learned of Cindy's existence during the "Original Sin" storyline and freed her from captivity. Taking the identity Silk, Cindy has since jumped into the superhero game while also rebuilding her personal life. Obviously a Silk movie wouldn't be able to hit all of these narrative beats, but it might be interesting to follow a heroine who's been cut off from life for many years and must acclimate to how things have changed since she's been gone.
So far, the only confirmed Spider-Man spinoffs on the way from Sony are Venom and Silver & Black, although the latter was recently taken off the calendar in order for the writers to have more time perfecting the script. Silk joins Nightwatch and Morbius the Living Vampire as spinoffs that have been reported on, but it remains to be seen if they'll get the green light.
We here at CinemaBlend will be sure to let you know if there are any updates regarding this Silk spinoff, but for now, you can keep track of what movies are coming later this year by looking through our 2018 release schedule.